Rights of Unmarried Parents

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Responsibilities of Unmarried Parents

For most parents, it is important that they have parental responsibility for their child, meaning they have the right to make legal decisions for that child, including decisions relating to their education, religion, medical treatment and name.

For unmarried couples, the birth mother automatically has parental responsibility for a child but it is more complicated for the father. Unlike a married father, an unmarried father does not automatically have parental responsibility

To get parental responsibility the unmarried father will have had to do one of the following:

When an unmarried father does not have parental responsibility, the mother does not have to consult with him when making decisions for a child e.g. taking them outside the UK on a temporary or permanent basis.

If an unmarried couple separate and the parents cannot agree on arrangements for the child, the unmarried father can make an application to the court for a child arrangement in the same way that a married father can. If an unmarried father does not have parental responsibility, an application should also be made for a parental responsibility order.

If you are unsure as to whether you have parental responsibility for your child we can assist you with specialist family law advice and, if necessary, take steps to obtain parental responsibility for you.

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